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Brakes on '42 Model C

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Bob Dalke

12-03-2002 18:00:32

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I need a little advice on the next steps in replacing my brakes on a '42 C. I have the old brake linings out and the final drive housing is full of hard, thick, black, oily mud around the brake drum. I've cleaned out most of the sludge from the top, but need to get the rest out. I was intending to pour solvent in to loosen the sludge before cleaning the hole in the bottom and draining it out. However, in examining pictures of the axle in the service manual, it looks like the solvent would run down into the lower final drive (not a good idea.) Is there a seal to prevent that from happening? Once I have everything clean, will a "screw end band assembly" fit where the "bolt end band assembly" was removed? Thanks for any help!

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12-05-2002 16:11:34

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 Re: Brakes on '42 Model C in reply to Bob Dalke, 12-03-2002 18:00:32  
Thanks. You guys are great.


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Dick L

12-04-2002 09:13:07

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 Re: Brakes on '42 Model C in reply to Bob Dalke, 12-03-2002 18:00:32  
There are no seales involved in the task you are at in cleaning the crud from around the brake drums. However in most cases with a hard oil mixed dirt the cause was an internal seal seeping into the housing. If you have the equipment it is easier to pull the finaldrive housing from the transmission where it can be cleaned real easy.
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12-03-2002 20:03:07

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 Re: Brakes on '42 Model C in reply to Bob Dalke, 12-03-2002 18:00:32  

You might want to clean it out good and then drive it around a bit to see if the axle seals are leaking. If they are leaking they will probably get oil on the new linings and ruin them. If it as oily as it sounds, it might be a good time to put in new seals.

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12-03-2002 19:22:19

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 Re: Brakes on '42 Model C in reply to Bob Dalke, 12-03-2002 18:00:32  
Bob, clean the drum cavity as you suggested, rod out the bottom hole and let the solvent run out. there is a seal on the inboard end to keep the differential oil in the cavity, and a seal on the outboard end to keep the 90 wt in the final drive housing. inbetween is this dead cavity that the brakes set in that is open to the atmosphere.

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